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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
There Is No Law Against Being A Sesquipedalian
Posted Monday, June 1, at 2:04 PM
Loyal readers know that I am a sesquipedalian and a wordsmith. I don't try to hide it. There are no laws against it. I have never attended any marches or demonstrations crying out for my rights in the matter. When I say it most people respond with quizzical looks and a smirk. One wisenheimer said, "You know there are shots and treatment for that now," when I said it. That means I use large words to express meaning and I have a high interest in how to use language in a more effective way...

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We know segregation by its first name
Posted Thursday, April 23, at 8:01 PM

BW and I live in suburban west Indianapolis in Plainfield. We are born and bred Hoosiers, Caucasians. I grew up on a farm she on a farmlet. After about a year of marriage, I began to serve my military obligation in the U.S. Navy assigned to the U.S. Naval Mine Base, Charleston, SC. The deep south. The people there were still fighting the Civil War...

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Hiram, Al and Mor always traveled together
Posted Monday, April 13, at 2:34 PM

Hiram King was born in a small town in the deep south of America. He was the third child in his family. His father was not educated but he worked hard as a logger. When Hiram was only six years old his dad's health failed him and he entered a Veterans Hospital and was absent for 10 years. This was devastating for Hiram as well as his family. Their income was slashed and his mother ran a boarding house to make ends meet; it was a struggle...

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I didn't hear what I had expected from those folks
Posted Tuesday, March 31, at 12:26 PM

A few days ago I read an intriguing column by Indy Star Columnist Erika D. Smith in which she drew attention to the ongoing problems involving young black males in the city. She focuses on data available to Tanya Bell, President of Indiana Black Expo to thoughtfully consider the issue. I did not hear what I expected...

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Red Flags Say Run Do Not Walk To The Nearest Exit
Posted Thursday, March 26, at 12:29 PM

Interviewing for a job is stressful and people don't always notice some aspects of the interview that indicate the job should be turned down if offered. I read a column by Susan Rice about Red Flags. However, I believe I have a more pragmatic list of concerns that should cause you to run screaming from the room, fingers in your ears while singing "Take Me Out To The Ball Game."...

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Oh can't you see what I have to put up with
Posted Monday, March 2, at 11:49 AM

When BW and I decided to get married we learned that life moves from "me" to "us" and you must adjust. BW dabbled her toes in Lake Larry and waded deeper and deeper into the ocean of love. She took a ride on the Larry-go-round and never got off. Marriage is made in heaven but some assembly is required on earth. ...

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It Made Me Feel So Unnecessary
Posted Tuesday, February 24, at 11:15 AM

My initial experience at grocery shopping was at the Calvertville Store operated at the time by the Crites family. "Tell us what you want, we will get it, bag it and carry it to your car," was their motto. Today, I was flummoxed at Mega Grocery as I tried to use the self-checkout service. BW is the grocery shopper in our house except on rare occasion when I am dispatched with a short list of must-have items while she is engaged in other activities...

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Can't we do any better than Deflategate 2015?
Posted Monday, January 26, at 11:32 AM

I am tired of the use of the suffix"gate" to indicate a scandal or problem. I implore the media to find another term that is less hackneyed, trite and clichéd. Some of us are old enough to remember that during the reign of King Richard Nixon in 1972 either King Richard or his campaign manager sanctioned an illegal act...

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Tis the Season and it's finally over, thankfully
Posted Wednesday, January 14, at 9:24 AM

It is the day after Christmas and I am experiencing a bit of what women do in postpartum blues. There is that feeling of fatigue and let down. I resist the siren call of Christmas to enter the rush until after Thanksgiving but then it is a sprint to the finish followed by some let down and I don't do half as much as BW...

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Merry Christmas to everyone out there
Posted Tuesday, December 23, at 10:40 PM

Santa is very strong again this year. The retail industry loves him. He is still using his team of reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixon, Comet, Cupid, Richard and Nixon and of course the inimitable Rudolph. Bing Crosby passed on that song and Gene Autry said, "Come here my little bright red nosed buddy, let's go to number one and they did." Dr. ...

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A Fist Fight With Cancer calls for a lot more
Posted Monday, December 15, at 3:42 PM

If asked every hospital administrator and employee would argue that the hospital environment they work in is quiet and patient friendly. But are they? The word hospital is surely derived from the route word from whence comes the word hospitality. A place where people seek respite from illness and disease and who have the right to be in an environment that promotes healing and rest. ...

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I can still hear my father talking to me
Posted Monday, November 17, at 2:19 PM

My dad used to say, "If you don't quit that I'll knock a knot on your head."This was usually said in jest or I thought in jest but I was careful to behave in such a way that this would not happen. Sometimes when he was miffed he would threaten to stomp a mud hole in my "dairy air" and then make me walk it out. ...

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We Never Get To Sit On The Main Floor
Posted Thursday, November 6, at 3:01 PM

The Indianapolis Orchestra presents a month-long series of concerts in December they call Yule Tide. They don't dare use the word Christmas as it might offend some people. It is held in their home named Hilbert Theater on the circle in Downtown Indy...

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Things I Have Lost Somewhere Somehow Along The Way
Posted Friday, October 31, at 12:33 PM

Today I am sitting in the Adirondack chair on my front porch drinking a glass of lemonade listening to Gladys Knight sing, "The Way We Were."That girl has pipes.This hasgiven me time toponder about life and the things I have lost somehow somewhere along the way.Memory is an entity composed of a hundred thousand mosaic tiles, a hundred thousand incidents and events yet they are gathered together in a single mass a single, unquestioned thing.It composes the stained glass window of my life.Memories rise and fall like the chest of the sleeping giant who is resting after chasing Jack down the beanstalk.. ...

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The Only Good Aspect of Flying: The Speed
Posted Tuesday, October 14, at 1:20 PM

Stewardesses Oops. It is politically incorrect to use that term today. One must use the term flight attendant because men are now allowed in the profession. Joan Rivers observed long ago that flight attendants are only waitresses servers who fly. They are different on each airline...

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Kevin Remembered
Posted Tuesday, September 9, at 3:09 PM

It was a brilliant Saturday afternoon in late spring. Kevin and a group of friends had just graduated from IU. Kevin received his MBA. He and his friends stood around talking and congratulating each other. Kev, let's go knock back a few and celebrate," they said...

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Events That Cause Great Satisfaction
Posted Friday, August 29, at 7:19 PM

There are events and activities in life that produce much joy and satisfaction. Sometimes the thing is small and insignificant but if the results were mountains they would be Alps. Here are some illustrations: Few things feel better than pulling a second quilt up under your chin on a cold winter night...

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Just A Piece of Metal -- Wrong!
Posted Monday, August 11, at 2:34 PM

As I keyboard this column I can see a ring on the third finger of my left hand. I have been wearing it for over eleven lustrums. It is a plain gold colored band that has been enlarged once to compensate for my fat fingers. It is a symbol. That ring is just a piece of metal, probably 99.9 percent brass or bronze, with a goldcoating on it. ...

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I Jist Ain't Never Heerd Of Sich A Thing
Posted Friday, July 18, at 9:17 AM

The current Time magazine has a cover picture of a radical looking house and the topic of the issue is "The Smarter Home" describing the house of the future with the technology to make it function efficiently. My mind boarded the Hooterville Train to nostalgia and visited Stella, who was 83 in the late 60s. Newfangled caused her to blurt, "I jist ain't never heerd of sich a thing."...

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Laughing Is Good For You
Posted Tuesday, July 8, at 10:56 PM

Here are some jokes and anecdotes that I guarantee will cause you to split your sides laughing, wet your pants, or bust a gut. Guaranteed. If they don't, send them back to me and I will laugh for you. Little Noah came into the house with a new harmonica. "Grampa, do you mind if I play this in here?"...

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